October has been a bad month for college towns.
On Oct. 2, a raid by New Haven, Conn., police to break up a party by Yale University students led to claims of police brutality and excessive force.
One week later, a party by Penn State University students turned violent when a fight between two women spilled out onto the streets of State College, leaving two students with stab wounds.
Last week, Pace University football player Danroy "DJ" Henry was shot and killed by police outside a popular eatery frequented by students from the nearby Pace campus.
What they have in common is alcohol — a common component in encounters between police and college students that can fuel tensions.
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